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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTMDT, GDP, FB, EW, ENH, TWTR, NQ, WBMD, AHL, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
News For C;TWTR;FB;AHL;ENH;GDP;WBMD;EW;MDT;NQ From The Last 14 Days
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January 14, 2015
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $88 at Oppenheimer
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07:13 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $102 on FAN contribution at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Facebook's price target to $102 from $88 to reflect new mobile ad network FAN into its estimates. The analyst expects Premium Video to have a greater impact on 2015 financials and longer-term for new products and yet-to-be monetized properties to continue to drive estimates.
06:34 EDTAHLAspen Insurance downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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06:30 EDTENHEndurance Specialty upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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06:04 EDTCCiti appoints CD Davies head of global Mortgage business
Citi yesterday announced that CD Davies has been appointed Head of Citiís Mortgage business globally. Davies joined Citi in March 2014. He will continue to report to Jane Fraser, CEO of CitiMortgage and U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking. Davies was previously President and CEO of Wachovia Mortgage Corporation.
05:50 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility movement; NQ OCN
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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
15:51 EDTCSpringleaf, Apollo Global among bidders for OneMain, Bloomberg says
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15:12 EDTCU.S. Supreme Court decision gives homeowners leeway to rescind mortgage loans
In an unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jesinoski vs. Countrywide Home Loans that homeowners are allowed to rescind home mortgages within the three years allotted under the Truth in Lending Act of 1968 by providing written notice to his/her lender. The court ruled that the borrowers were not required to file suit against the lender, which the respondents, Countrywide, claimed. The notice of rescission was sufficient to clear the homeowners of any obligation to the loan, provided they do it within the allotted time. Countrywide Home Loans is a subsidiary of Bank of America (BAC). Other publicly traded companies in the banking space include Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
15:07 EDTCSpringleaf conducts due dillegence on OneMain, Bloomberg reports
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13:12 EDTTWTRTwitter February volatility elevated at 63
Twitter January call option implied volatility is at 49, January weekly is at 48, February is at 63; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
12:27 EDTCDOJ, EPA report proposed settlement regarding cleanup of Warren County, NJ site
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11:42 EDTFBJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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11:04 EDTCCitigroup January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
07:44 EDTCNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:44 EDTGDPBMO Capital to hold a forum
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07:36 EDTWBMDWebMD sees Private Portals revenue growth in mid-single digits in 2015
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07:36 EDTWBMDWebMD sees Q4, FY14 revenue, adjusted EBITDA at high end of prior ranges
On November 5, WebMD Health issued a press release that, among other things, provided financial guidance for Q4nd the year ending December 31, 2014. The financial guidance for FY14 included a range for revenue of $570M-$580M and a range for adjusted EBITDA of $152.5M-$157.5M. WebMD plans to indicate, at an investor conference this week, that revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 are expected to be at the high end of the ranges provided ion November 5. FY14 revenue consensus is $577.37M.
06:38 EDTCCiti cut consumer banking business, Reuters reports
Citi is cutting its consumer banking operations in some of the world's largest cities, according to Reuters. Last year, the bank decided to target 100 cities with retail banking services, down from its previous level of 120 cities, the news service stated. Reference Link
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